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Israel Air Force hits Hamas target in response to rocket attack

(TPS) — Gaza-based terrorists launched a rocket toward Israel on Saturday night. The rocket exploded in an open area, causing no injuries or damages.

In response, Israeli Air Force (IAF) aircraft struck a Hamas military post in southern Gaza.

A Palestinian protester running near a burning barricade in Jerusalem’s Old City last night. (Photo by Emmanuel Dunand – AFP)

The last rocket attacks occurred two weeks ago when terrorists fired some 45 explosive projectiles at Israeli civilian targets.

Tensions remain high as Hamas has promised a further escalation this week toward the end of the Muslim month of Ramadan.

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal threatened that the 28th day of the Muslim month of Ramadan, on May 9, will be the turning point in the “great battle against the Judaization and control of Jerusalem, and the attempt to divide the use of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The 28th day of Ramadan coincides with Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, in which Israel celebrates the liberation and unification of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War.

The 28th day of Ramadan marks the “Lil al-Qadr”, the most sensitive night in Ramadan with deep religious significance, in which the angel Gabriel brought down the Quran and opened the gates of heaven for prayers, according to the Islamic faith.

The IDF stated Saturday night that additional combat troops were sent to reinforce the forces on the West Bank (Judea and Samaria Division) in accordance with its ongoing situational assessment.

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